TOSELAND ON PROVISIONAL FRONT ROW AT MONZA James Toseland (Winston Ten Kate Honda) and Karl Muggeridge (Winston Ten Kate Honda) found light smatterings of rain to be the main problem in the opening session of qualifying action at Monza,...
TOSELAND ON PROVISIONAL FRONT ROW AT MONZA
James Toseland (Winston Ten Kate Honda) and Karl Muggeridge (Winston Ten Kate Honda) found light smatterings of rain to be the main problem in the opening session of qualifying action at Monza, when a smattering of light rain first fell at the Ascari chicane, to be followed by spits on other parts of the track. The difficult conditions claimed a few riders as the speeds increased, but Toseland still managed to set a best of 1'47.751, less then a second from the existing fastest lap, and good enough for an overall fourth best ranking. He is now guaranteed a Superpole start if the final timed session on Saturday morning proves to be fully wet.
Muggeridge, making his return to competitive action after a recent back injury, qualified 22nd fastest, finding that the changeable conditions of the opening qualifying session at the fastest circuit of the year detrimental to his good early pace in the dry untimed morning session.
Weather forecasts for the rest of the Monza weekend indicate further rains are a high possibility over race weekend.
Ronald Ten Kate - Team Manager
"That was a difficult situation due to the conditions on the track. It was hard to do the first qualifying like that. James did very well to get into the top four, and this morning, when it was fully dry Karl was going really well. He was even mixing it with the top ten guys. In the afternoon those conditions didn't help him get his confidence back. But the performance he showed this morning was very good. Let's hope it will be dry tomorrow, at least for one of the session, to get things worked out for his set-up and get him even further up the field."
James Toseland -- Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider
(4th position -- 1'47.751)
"A pretty good qualifying session but I just had to be careful with the rain. There wasn't enough to wet the track but just enough to make you think about it. Fourth on the grid is pretty good but the weather outlook for the weekend doesn't look so good. We have good dry settings, just a couple of little things on the bikes, and the package is very strong here, so all things are pretty good. Around here is not so bad in the wet, quite a lot of grip."
Karl Muggeridge -- Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider
(22nd position -- 1'49.764)
"Not the way I wanted to finish the day. It started OK but with some spots of rain out there I just didn't feel comfortable on the bike. I tried and tried and then I missed the gap when the track was driest. I should have gone quicker then. At this point I just have to see what tomorrow brings. The forecast is rain, which won't help!"